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Shock-induced cavitation as a way of accelerating phenol oxidation in aqueous media

Abstract : Shock-induced cavitation phenomena, resulting from the propagation of the trail of shock-waves generated upon the impact of a solid piston on a liquid surface, was used as an innovative way of intensifying the oxidation of phenol in aqueous media. The amount of energy communicated by the impact was found to be proportional to the impact height, and was directly related to the maximal pressure attained, i.e. in the order of several tens of bars. This peak was followed by a rarefaction period that results in the origination of several cavitation phenomena, which continued upon piston rebound and further shock-wave generation and propagation. The multi-frequency nature of shock-induced cavitation, capable of exciting a wide range of frequencies between 1 kHz and 100 kHz, was confirmed by means of wavelet analysis. Under shock-induced cavitation conditions, phenol degradation was found to be possible even in the absence of any oxidizing agent. High extents of mineralization, i.e. 45.3 and 56.2% TOC elimination, 50 mg/L solution, neutral pH, were obtained in the presence of H2O2 (aprox. 10% vol.), pointing to an acceleration of the oxidation reaction based in a faster and more efficient creation of radical species.
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Hugo Dutilleul, Anthony Partaloglu, Patrick da Costa, Maria Elena Gálvez. Shock-induced cavitation as a way of accelerating phenol oxidation in aqueous media. Chemical Engineering and Processing: Process Intensification, 2017, 112, pp.47-55. ⟨10.1016/j.cep.2017.01.003⟩. ⟨hal-01447908⟩

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